Apart from the purchase of a house or a car, an engagement ring is one of the biggest and most important purchase of your life. But for many guys, walking into a jewellery store feels like entering a maze. There are so many wrong turns to make and so many questions to ask. How big should it be? How much should I spend? What if I buy a fake? Don’t fret.
Following are six tips that can assist you by providing a head start in engagement ring shopping.
1. The shape is a definitive feature
As you might be aware of the fact that any gemstone is characterised by 4C’s (cut, colour, clarity, and carat), but even before these 4C’s you must know what shape your future fiancée loves. Shape indicates the actual geometry of the stone, as opposed to cut, which relates to the angles of the facets in the stone.
2. The importance of settings
A beautiful gemstone is one thing, but the importance of its cast is a predominant feature. Experts at Aidadesignus remark that the metal framework in which your stone is mounted can set the tone for a ring. Getting the right combo of shape and setting is the key. Take a classic round engagement ring stone as an example; it could get a modern makeover in a bezel setting. Similarly, a trendy oval can look more traditional in a four-prong setting.
3. Go Incognito to know her preferences
These days couples tend to prefer ring-shopping together, but if you’re more of a traditionalist and want to spouse your better half with a ring that she’ll love, be sure to do reconnaissance. Get her best friend, siblings or confidante’s in the loop – and swear them to secrecy. But if you like to take on this pursuit alone then you’ll have to be vigilant on what sort of jewellery she wears. Is she more of a platinum/silver girl than a yellow-gold one? Does she gravitate to vintage jewels as opposed to simple, classic pieces? Watch her for a couple of weeks and take mental notes to size up her style.
4. The band of commitment and understanding
When it comes to the band, you’ve got a variety of options to choose from. There is platinum – it’s extremely durable and pure, which makes it a great hypo allergic choice for ladies with sensitive skin. There’s also gold, which is a more traditional option, but recent enhancement has led to the addition of multiple colours and hues in this metal. Gold comes in white, yellow, rose, and even green. Beyond platinum and gold, you might also consider palladium or a recycled band.
5. Your budget
Let’s get one thing straight, an engagement ring is very special, and thus you should buy the best ring without going into a major debt. You should buy the best ring you can without going into significant debt. If she’s a size queen and your budget isn’t super-sized, go for a ring with a slightly larger table, or surface, area. You won’t get as much sparkle, but a one-carat ring will look much bigger if the stone isn’t as deep. Don’t want to sacrifice the look of your stone? Buying just shy of the next carat (1.8 instead of 2) can equal a savings of nearly 20 percent. And when it comes to clarity, buying shy gives you the most wiggle room without affecting sparkle.
6. Time is your best friend
The bottom line is, ‘Plan in advance’. You should keep a timeline of 5-6 weeks when placing an order. But the delivery could vary from jeweller to jeweller and if you have it, custom designed.
7. Play it safe and avoid getting ripped off
A lot of times, putting in a little more effort to research can save you from a potential scam. There are two methods to start your search:
- Search with recommendations from friends and family.
- Check for industry organisation affiliation.
Stores accredited by the American Gemological Society (AGS) or members of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) are good starting places. Ask them to provide you with the AGS or GIA certification with the diamond. These certifications are the highest standards for gemstones. More importantly, always find out what a store’s return policy is. In addition to the above mentioned, you should also get a ‘fingerprint’ of your ring on the bill of sale, which would include the stone’s 4 Cs, shape, dimensions, and any cosmetic enhancements.